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Fabregas: Ref had a bad day

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 By Michael Cox

Chelsea diving debate illustrates larger problem for referees and clubs

Eden Hazard's curler rescued a point, as Southampton held the league leaders to a 1-1 draw.

Top-level managers usually find a way to dictate the media agenda following a disappointing result. After Chelsea's 1-1 draw at Southampton on Sunday afternoon, Jose Mourinho chose to accuse referees of having a 'campaign' against Chelsea, after Cesc Fabregas was harshly booked for diving in the second half.

The incident was unusual. Fabregas, on the right-hand side of the box, was tripped by an accidental challenge by Southampton youngster Matt Targett. The left-back hadn't actually intended...

 By Kevin Palmer

Jose Mourinho says Chelsea victims of 'campaign' after Southampton draw

Jose Mourinho claims there is a 'campaign' against Chelsea after Cesc Fabregas was booked for diving during the Blues' 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday.

SOUTHAMPTON -- Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed a "campaign" is being waged against his team after his side were denied a penalty in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Southampton.

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Cesc Fabregas was convinced he should have had a spot-kick after he went over Saints defender Matt Targett's leg 55 minutes into the game, but the Chelsea midfielder was booked for simulation by referee Anthony Taylor.

Asked about the incident in his postmatch news conference, Mourinho said: "I think this is a result of something...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Fernando Torres: Chelsea gave me trophies I wanted when I left Liverpool

Atletico Madrid have confirmed they will sign former striker Fernando Torres on loan from Milan.

Fernando Torres says he will always view his time with Chelsea as a success as it allowed him to secure the silverware that had eluded him during his time with Atletico Madrid and Liverpool.

Atletico confirmed on Monday that a deal is in place to re-sign Torres on an 18-month loan from AC Milan next month, subject to a medical, with Alessio Cerci later announcing he is set to move in the opposite direction.

Torres, a boyhood Atletico fan, made his name at the Vicente Calderon and, after establishing...

Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas wants to move on from referee debate

The ESPN FC team respond to Jose Mourinho's comments surrounding the diving debacle at Chelsea, but Shaka Hislop explains there doesn't seem to be a controversy at all and the referee should have given a penalty for the foul.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes referee Anthony Taylor had "a bad day at the office" in Sunday's draw at Southampton but said it was time to draw a line under the matter.

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Jose Mourinho was adamant Chelsea should have had a potentially match-defining penalty early in the second half when Fabregas went down under pressure from Matt Targett.

Instead of a spot-kick, however, referee Taylor deemed it a dive and booked the midfielder -- part of what Mourinho suggested was a growing "campaign"...

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Atletico Madrid confirm Fernando Torres loan return

Atletico Madrid have confirmed they will sign former striker Fernando Torres on loan from Milan.

Atletico Madrid have confirmed that Fernando Torres is to re-join the club on an 18-month loan deal from AC Milan, subject to a medical.

Chelsea announced on Saturday that Torres, 30, would make his loan move to Milan permanent on Jan. 5, but he is to be immediately loaned to Atletico.